Microsoft Empowers Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux Developers to Reach Billions of New Customers

Microsoft Empowers Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux Developers to Reach Billions of New Customers

Announces new toolkits, tools, cloud and productivity services designed for every developer

SAN FRANCISCO – April 29, 2015 – Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced new toolkits that will help developers bring their code for web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows 10. At its annual developer conference, Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.

Windows 10 Offers Developers Unique Scale and Innovation Opportunities

New toolkits will enable more developers to reach Windows 10 customers, using one universal Windows Store and one codebase for all Windows 10 devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Microsoft HoloLens, Surface Hub, and, soon, Xbox One and Raspberry Pi. These toolkits will enable developers to bring their code for web, .NET, Win32, iOS and Android to Windows Store in Windows 10 with minimal code modifications.

Windows Store will offer a single unified experience for Windows 10 customers across devices and make finding great content easier than ever – across apps, games, music, video and other content. Transactions will take advantage of a range of popular payment options including; carrier billing through 88 mobile operator billing connections, credit cards, AliPay, gift cards and even Bitcoin. USA Today, WeChat, Disney, NASA, Netflix and Twitter are a few of the partners referenced in the keynote already building apps for the Windows Store.

The company also showcased innovations with the new Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge (formerly code named “Project Spartan”); demonstrated how Continuum will let people use their phones as PCs for productivity through easy connections to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, or entertainment via connection to big screen experiences*; and announced Cortana integration into apps.

Showcasing the overall breadth of the Windows opportunity for developers, the company declared its ambition to have one billion active Windows 10+ devices in its FY18.

Microsoft shared the progress it has made in fewer than 100 days since unveiling Microsoft HoloLens – the world’s first untethered holographic computer powered by Windows 10 – and showcased how customers like Trimble, Case Western and Cleveland Clinic are using this innovative new technology.

Azure and Visual Studio Help Developers Build Intelligent Apps on Multiple Platforms and Devices

Microsoft previewed Azure SQL Database elastic databases which offer ISV’s and developers the ability to price and scale elastically across large pools of databases so they can cost effectively offset resource consumption.  To help developers manage massive datasets Microsoft released a preview of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, the industry’s first enterprise-class cloud data warehouse that can grow, shrink, or pause in seconds.  Microsoft also introduced Azure Data Lake, an open and massively scalable data repository that supports petabyte size files and provides high speed integration with Azure HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning, Cloudera and Hortonworks to quickly derive insights from vast amounts of data. 

To help every developer be more productive, Microsoft announced new best-in-class tools and runtimes for multiple platforms and devices. In preview on Windows, Mac and Linux, Visual Studio Code is a free code-focused editor optimized for web and cloud applications. Furthering its work with open source and .NET communities, Microsoft released a preview of the .NET Core for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate, which makes it easier for developers to build and deploy applications to Windows, Linux, iOS and Android platforms.

Office gives developers opportunities to reach more users and build intelligent solutions

Microsoft introduced more ways for developers to reach 1.2 billion Office users, including the new Office Graph API, expanded add-in capabilities for the iPad and Outlook, and unified APIs. The Office Graph API allows customers and developers to access, add to, and build with the Office Graph, an intelligent store of Office 365 user, service and relationship data. Unified APIs across OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive, combined with the Office Graph will enable developers to help consumers and organizations take advantage of some of their most valuable and useful data.

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